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Battling Internet Censorship Must Evolve, Study Says

Battling Internet Censorship Must Evolve, Study Says | Censorship | Scoop.it

As shown by recent studies conducted by the BBC, countries like China and Iran are censoring their country’s internet access during times of political crisis, such as the Tiananmen Square protests. Limiting the access to the public of information concerning what is happening in their own countries is the work of the government trying to limit the knowledge of the citizens of how the country deals with crisis. By censoring the internet of government related articles, the people are not shown the opinions of other citizens that have been expressed in protests and riots in other parts of the country. The governments do not want other people being exposed to the opinions of the ones making the events that should be posted all over the internet. This is the same logic used in Fahrenheit 451. In this novel, books were banned because the government did not want people reading the opinions that others published in books, because that meant that the readers may form that same opinion as well. The government did not want to deal with the consequences that could come from many people forming the same opinion, so the people were not allowed to read books. By limiting the citizens’ knowledge of their country’s events in China and Iran and not letting people read books in Fahrenheit 451, the government is trying to protect itself, while harming and limiting the mind of all of the people in the country and area. The reasons behind censorship of political affairs in foreign countries and in Fahrenheit 451 share a common background and base for being implemented.

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U.S. Asks Journals to Censor Articles on Bird Flu Virus

U.S. Asks Journals to Censor Articles on Bird Flu Virus | Censorship | Scoop.it

In Fahrenheit 451, the people are restricted from owning and reading any books or magazines. In America, scientific journals are being asked to put an end to publishing information and data relating to the recent flu study. In Fahrenheit 451, the minds of the people were censored by not letting them read anything. The government did not want people to be able to form their own unique opinions on topics that many books offered, so instead the people were only allowed the media of the times, which was regulated so only one opinion, was able to form in the minds of the people. The American government is trying to limit the amount of exposure the people have to facts concerning the most recent flu study. The government is trying to take away knowledge from the people, which would impact any opinion people formed from the limited amount of information offered to the people. Although officials claim that the limitations on the study data are due to the dangerous conditions of the study which would be harmful if anyone were to recreate it, this act is actually detrimental to the common citizen. By limiting their exposure to facts, they will form wrong opinions that the information is leading them to. The censorship of American scientific journals is just the first step in a long journey to a world where every piece of information fed to the people has been approved by the government. Censoring scientific journals is limiting the opinions of the people, just as burning books did in Fahrenheit 451.

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Gandhi Biography by Joseph Lelyveld Roils India

Gandhi Biography by Joseph Lelyveld Roils India | Censorship | Scoop.it

Much like in Fahrenheit 451, the book Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India, was banned in India before it even began to be published there. By banning this book, Indian officials want to preserve modern views of Gandhi, and not have people form new opinions based on the facts in the book about Gandhi’s sexuality. In both Fahrenheit 451 and in India, the governments are trying to shape the minds of people by not letting them hear the opinions of others, which would help people form new opinions. In Fahrenheit 451, the government was trying to push people toward media that got out the information faster, and kept to opinions approved by the government. This is what is happening in India by banning this book before it even became available in the country. The government wants to preserve the opinions of Gandhi that people currently have, and by letting this book become available, the book would spark ideas and opinions in the minds of Indians everywhere, which the government does not want. The government is trying to limit the minds of people by only letting the people be exposed to a certain amount of approved information. In this way, the Indian government resembles the futuristic government represented in Fahrenheit 451. If Indian officials continue limiting the books that become available to the people, they will start to more closely resemble the book free government of Fahrenheit 451, and one day may become just like it. The dilemma in India and Fahrenheit 451 are closely related by the banning of a book or books to the citizens.

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